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"You've always got to be one step better and you're always trying to get something new," she said. "That's different than soccer, where you're always doing the same drills and always doing the same thing."
"When we go to meets, she always wants to have fun," said Kelsey. "She wants to do well, but she's laid back and is always really supportive."
"One thing I will never forget about Abby for the rest of my life is any time she tries something new, she lets out this scream or squeal," said O'Gorman coach Emmy Cotten, who is in her eighth year at the helm. "It's like her safety blanket to know she's going to be OK. I remember her doing that a lot on bars."
"We've been working really hard, and everyone's been pushing themselves," said Thuringer. "We have to wait and see on that day. Everyone else works hard, too. You get what you get."
In the meantime, she's not looking too far ahead or reflecting too far behind New Balance Light Blue just yet.
There was a brief stint with soccer and basketball, but she found her diminutive stature (roughly 5 foot today) to be an impediment at times in the field of play. Gymnastics challenged her against herself as much as it did her competition.
is filled with polishing routines, Thuringer still approaches her coach for possibilities of what can be added to take things to another level even on beam, where she already starts with a maximum 10 points.
While either of those scenarios would be welcomed, the senior has maintained her focus inside the Power and Grace facilities where the Knights practice, partially because this New Balance 670
The real adversity came in the form of injuries, also providing a jumping off point to become a leader in the gym. While not a significant setback, Thurginer competed during her eighth grade season with a sprained ankle.
the Knights' strongest leader and biggest source of support on meet day.
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As a freshman, shoulder surgery and a broken foot ended her year early. A second foot injury plagued her sophomore campaign a seventh place all around finish and shortly after state last year, she required surgery on her other shoulder.
O'Gorman gymnast Abby Thuringer works on a jump at a recent practice at Power and Grace Gymnastics in Sioux Falls. The senior is chasing an all around title while also hoping to lead the Knights to a Class AA team crown.(Photo: Emily Spartz / Argus Leader)Less concerned about the photo and more on critiquing some of the flaws she sees in her skill, Thuringer says between an infectious laugh, "I need to fix that.
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"Even with getting hurt, she was determined. She wasn't going to give up," said Cotten. "And it seemed like any time she got an injury, she came back even harder and faster. She wasn't going to let that injury take over her gymnastics career."
group has the potential to challenge for a state team title. O'Gorman finished fourth last season and third the year before.
Her start was definitely humbling. While Thuringer flashes a bubbly demeanor today, a new team, new coach and fresh challenges were a major undertaking for the then seventh grader, who made the transition alongside longtime friend and teammate Taylor Kelsey.
Thuringer's career started like most, tumbling in gyms at an early age before latching on to a sport that demands as much creativity as it does talent.
Putting the finishing touches on her time as an O'Gorman gymnast, the senior has the opportunity to help deliver what would be the Knights' seventh gymnastics championship and the first since 2005. She might also have one more jump in her after finishing seventh all around as a sophomore and third as a junior.
"When I first joined, we were pumped to get anything," said Thuringer.
The second surgery was a cause for concern in regard to her capabilities on bars this season, but an attitude to overcome has since prevailed.
What emerged from the series of injuries was New Balance 840 Women's
The senior year stretch isn't lost on Thuringer as the competitive drive lies beneath a humble exterior.
But the initial fear of something new subsided eventually, even on the bars.
A team title, or at the very least a strong push for it, would put a bow on a career that has grown side by side with the Knights' program as a whole.
Or even to be crowned a champion in anything other than the uneven bars admittedly Thuringer's weakest event at the state meet Feb. 21 22 in Aberdeen.
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